Bigger is better at the Smoke Haus in Bristol

Bigger is better at the Smoke Haus in Bristol

Posted on: 17 Aug 2017

The restaurant in central Bristol has been carving out a reputation based on its authentic barbecue experience, its relaxed atmosphere and, of course, its massive portions.

Smoke Haus Bristol

The age-old and much-repeated adage has it that less is more, a suggestion that optimum results can be reached by exercising a degree of restraint.


The folk at The Smoke Haus, it seems, are not ones for adages, and are instead more than willing to, quite literally, go the whole hog. Their Bristol branch is, in each of its elements, about as big as it can be – within their two storey squat below Colston Tower.


The scale and style is entirely in line with the American barbecue culture from which the restaurant takes its inspiration. The walls of exposed brick are hung with the likenesses of pop culture heroes and heroines, or adorned with sprayed murals of skulls and skeletons, with music persistently bouncing between them to augment the sounds of contented eating. It’s loud, it’s big; it’s barbecue joint done right.

Smoke Haus

Which brings us to the food. In keeping with the rest of the restaurant, the portions were never going to be paltry were they? Which isn’t to say that poultry doesn’t feature: huge collections of wings emerge from the kitchen, followed by enormous chicken sandwiches. There are massive stacks of ribs, piles of burgers, trays of pulled pork, foot-long hot dogs, slabs of beef – and platters with all of these together.


It is therefore the ideal place for big group gatherings, stag parties, hen dos, office dinners, family trips and general carnivorous pig-outs.


For more information or to book a table, head to The Smoke Haus’s website.

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Sam Mason-Jones

An ardent Geordie minus the accent, Sam seemingly strove to get as far away from the Toon as possible, as soon as university beckoned. Three undergraduate years at UoB were more than ample time for Bristol (as it inevitably does) to get under his skin, and so here he remains: reporting, as Assistant Editor, on the cultural happenings which so infatuated him with the city. Catch him at